This article was last modified on December 31, 2017.

The Two Deaths of Mary Fridley (Neenah)

Frederick T. Price, born in 1879 in Neenah, murdered his wife, Mary Fridley, on November 28, 1914 in Minnesota. He pushed her off a cliff along the Mississippi River, but since she didn’t die immediately, he finished her off later with a club. Price was 37 yrs. old in 1916.

His sister was Mrs. Charles Jensen of Neenah.

He had a police record at age 15 for breaking and entering and was charged with the assault of an older woman, who coincidentally was a friend of his mother’s.

He grew up and went to school in Neenah and died in the Minnesota State Prison in Stillwater around 1930. This was a famous murder case in Minnesota history and involved a family that was locally well known in Fridley, Minnesota.


This is a stub (obviously). Walter Trenerry previously wrote about this case in 1962 in “The Case of the Convenient Cliff”. If I develop it more, I would focus more on the Neenah angle than he did (his focus was on Minnesota crime).

Also try another article under Historical / Biographical
or another one of the writings of Gavin.

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